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Sport, War and Society in Australia and New Zealand

1st Edition

Edited by Martin Crotty, Robert Hess


142 pages

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Sport and war have been closely linked in Australian and New Zealand society since the nineteenth century. Sport has, variously, been advocated as appropriate training for war, lambasted as a distraction from the war effort, and resorted to as an escape from wartime trials and tribulations. War has limited the fortunes of some sporting codes – and some individuals – while others have blossomed in the changed circumstances.

The chapters in this book range widely over the broad subject of Australian and New Zealand sport and their relation to the cataclysmic world wars of the first half of the twentieth century. They examine the mythology of the links between sport and war, sporting codes, groups of sporting individuals, and individual sportspeople. Revealing complex and often unpredictable effects of total wars upon individuals and social groups which as always, created chaos, and the sporting field offered no exception. This book was originally published as a special issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Sport, War and Society in Australia and New Zealand

Martin Crotty and Rob Hess

2. Exploding the Myths of Sport and the Great War: A First Salvo

Wray Vamplew

3. Australasia’s 1912 Olympians and the Great War

Bruce Coe

4. Missing in Action? New Perspectives on the Origins and Diffusion of Women’s Football in Australia during the Great War

Rob Hess

5. Fronting Up: Australian Soccer and the First World War

Ian Syson

6. The Role of Sport for Australian POWs of the Turks during the First World War

Kate Ariotti and Martin Crotty

7. Men Who Defaulted in the Greatest Game of All: Sport, Conscientious Objectors and Military Defaulters in New Zealand 1916 – 1923

Greg Ryan

8. ‘Carry On’: The Response of the Victorian Football League to the Challenges of World War II

Bruce Kennedy

9. W. N. ‘Bill’ Carson: Double All Black, Military Cross Recipient

Lynn Charles McConnell

10. The Controversial Cec Pepper and the Australian Services Cricket Team: The Test Career That Never Was

Peter Crossing

About the Editors

Martin Crotty's research interests encompass masculinity, sports history, and Australian society at war. He is an Associate Professor and lectures in history at the University of Queensland, Australia, and is the author or co-editor of a number of books in these fields including Anzac Legacies: Australians and the Aftermath of War (2010) and Turning points in Australian history (2009).

Robert Hess has a long-standing interest in the history of Australian Rules football. He is an Associate Professor and lectures in sport history at Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia, and is the current Managing Editor of The International Journal of the History of Sport.

About the Series

Sport in the Global Society - Historical Perspectives

As Robert Hands in The Times recently observed, the growth of sports studies in recent years has been considerable. This unique series with over one hundred volumes in the last decade has played its part. Politically, culturally, emotionally and aesthetically, sport is a major force in the modern world. Its impact will grow as the world embraces ever more tightly the contemporary secular trinity: the English language, technology and sport. Sport in the Global Society will continue to record sport's phenomenal progress across the world stage.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SPORTS & RECREATION / Sociology of Sports